Liverpool star Steven Gerrard will be a wanted man following Wednesday’s England friendly with Denmark, after opposition defender Simon Kjaer revealed he is ‘on a mission’ to get the shirt of the captain.
England host the Danes at Wembley this week in their final outing before Roy Hodgson selects his provisional 30-man squad before the pre-World Cup friendlies at the end of the season, and the game represents a golden opportunity for Kjaer.
The Kjaer family are mad Liverpool fans, like many Scandinavians, and Simon has been tasked with convincing Gerrard to provide him with a keepsake. Kjaer’s father has put in the specific request to approach the Liverpool skipper, although the Denmark centre-back admits it makes him a little uneasy.
“For the first time in my career I have to go to another player and ask for his shirt - and that’s a bit embarrassing, really,” Kjaer told reporters.
“My father and the rest of my family are huge Liverpool supporters, and my father has literally forced me to ask for Steven Gerrard’s jersey after the game.
“So I am a man with a mission - also after the game.”
Kjaer has played against some of the game’s most highly regarded performers at club level with Roma and Lille, and for his country, but the 24-year-old says no star means quite as much to him as the man wearing the England armband.
“I’m pretty much down to earth with full focus on football and not easy to impress - a player and not a fan,” he added.
“But I must say that Steven Gerrard is a very special character and player who deserves the highest respect from anyone in the world of football.”